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Steve Austin Reflects On The In-Ring Chemistry He Had With The Rock

Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock had one of the most iconic WWE rivalries of all time.

WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin was a recent guest on The South Kongress Podcast to discuss a wide variety of subjects. When asked by host Cameron Hawkins what the keys are to having great chemistry in the ring, Austin admitted that was a hard question to answer but tried to use examples of his chemistry with Ricky Steamboat and The Rock.

“That’s a hard question to answer as, for some reason, they’re on the same page as you and in opposite fashion,” Steve Austin said. “Because if you’re doing this, they have to do the other part, that gear and working with Steamboat man; if I grabbed a headlock on Steamboat, I would work the headlock, but he top wrist out of it. I didn’t have to tell him to do that. He would just do that; Steamboat would do Steamboat stuff.

“The Rock did electrical stuff. You know, he’s the most electrifying man in sports entertainment. For some reason, the hunger that he had and the passion that I had, I mean, when we got together, I brought out the best in him, and he brought out the best of me, and it was about two cats trying to be number one. But not trying to be number one by one-upping each other, but by working together to make each other the biggest and best so — I don’t know, you just find that groove.

“It’s kind of like talking with people. Sometimes you find like — have you ever been on the phone and maybe it’s a connection or something like that, but you step on each other and right when they’re tailing off, you’re trying to jump in, and then they continue, and it’s like, I’ll go in there and talk to my wife, and I’m like, ‘Have you ever talked to so and so on the phone? It’s weird.’ That’s kind of like you’re doing that in the ring. So, anyway, I don’t know chemistry is chemistry for some reason. I wish I could give you a better answer than I tried to give you.”

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